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Poster: Dudley Dead Date: Oct 27, 2010 7:43am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Comparing Bob and Jerry

Agree with most of what has been said . Both of them evolved over the years , Jerry always kept melody in the forefront , while Bob could have melody in his songs, WRS sure has it , but later he, like just about everyone else, has trouble getting a "tune" . Compare 'Easy Answers', and 'Corrina" with "So Many Roads', and "Days Between" .
IT would be nice to say it was all Garcia's soulfulness that led to the simplicity in his writing, but some of it was his dislike of songwriting , and his , frankly , his sometimes laziness . Hunter commented on that interview, an extra on the the JGB dvd, about one thing he had a problem with Garcia, was his lack of attention to his songwriting craft . Implied that he (Hunter) worked hard , and took his time with the lyrics, while Garcia rushed through his side of the song writing . I sometimes wonder if this is why some of Jerry's songs sound like other ones he has written . I remember Garcai saying , in regard to songwriting . " I would rather feed the cat ", and the way it is said , sounds like he doesn't like to feed the cat ! I just see him, withe re refrigerator door open , and the cat loudly meowing, and he going "shutup, shut up"!

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Poster: unclejohn52 Date: Oct 27, 2010 8:57am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Comparing Bob and Jerry

Agree with this... and find some of his earlier songwriting better than latter stuff. You can make the case the Standing on the Moon is too simple - but Days Between really is a brutally simple setting, certainly intended to show off the lyrics rather than the tune.

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Poster: AltheaRose Date: Oct 27, 2010 9:00am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Comparing Bob and Jerry

Well, he apparently trained his cat to eat melon balls. So feeding the cat might actually have been pretty entertaining.